Thursday, March 22

Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship season opener to include Masters Motorcycle Show

The 2018 Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship season opener, at Mondello Park on March 24th & 25th, will see the introduction of an exciting new initiative as Sunday 25th will include the first ever Masters Motorcycle Show.
The new addition to the Masters calendar will see a large part of the Mondello Park paddock taken over by a Motorcycle Show, which will include both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Access to the show area will be included in the normal Masters admission price making this event the most attractive ever Mondello Park event for fans of Irish Bike Racing and motorcycling in general.
Alongside rounds two and three of the Masters Superbike Championship additional motorcycle entertainment will be provided by the spectacular Irish Freestyle Stunt Series. The stunt riders will perform in their own dedicated area within the Mondello Park paddock, which will also house displays of new motorcycles from BMW, Ducati and Yamaha, alongside motorcycle shops, Masters Superbike Championship partner Principal Insurance, a wide variety of motorcycle suppliers and service providers and the Road Safety Authority.

While the paddock will look very different to previous events, the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship will run to its familiar format with qualifying and Round One on Saturday and Rounds Two and Three on Sunday. A new and improved Sunday timetable will see races run to a more relaxed schedule, allowing event visitors time to take in the show exhibits in between their favourite race classes.
Speaking about the addition of the Masters Motorcycle Show to the Mondello Park calendar, Circuit General Manager Roddy Greene said, “We’ve been looking at new ways to expand the appeal of the Masters for a while and with the absence of a Motorcycle Show in the Dublin area this year we’ve decided to push ahead. We’ve had great support from the Irish Motorcycling trade and this has allowed us to bring in a marquee to provide some covered space as well as offering free outdoor spaces to those exhibitors who can provide their own cover. The available space is filling fast and we are really looking forward to greeting a whole host of new visitors to the Masters and to showing them just what they’ve been missing.”
Admission prices for the opening Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship event will remain unchanged despite the addition of the extra attractions. Adult admission can be purchased for as little as €12.50 by booking on-line at or, with tickets on the day of the event costing €15.00. Accompanied under 16’s are admitted free of charge and all admission includes a complimentary event guide.
Further details of the Masters Race Event and Show will be released over the coming weeks. For updates see the Mondello Park and Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship web sites and social media feeds.

Tuesday, March 20

International invasion for KDM Hire Cookstown 100

The countdown is well and truly on for the 2018 KDM Hire Cookstown 100,which takes place on Friday and Saturday 27/28th  April. Already entries have been received Derek Sheils, winner of  the last two  KDM Cookstown 100  Feature races, along with Michael Sweeney, Manx Grand Prix winner Brad Vicars etc. There is quite an influx of newcomers making their Cookstown 100 debut including Burrows Engineerings new signing Davey Todd. There is also considerable interest from across the globe, with our ever popular Czech friends, Michael Dukopil and Veronika Hancokvy both making a return trip. Michael will be hoping for better luck this year, as he crashed out in the opening 600 race on Saturday morning, resulting in a premature end to his weekend.

Entries have also been received from French riders, Morgan Govignon and Nicolas Pautet, Canadian Mel Gantly, Austrian Chris Eder, from Germany, Kenny Hinks, and probably the most exciting newcomer from far away, New Zealand 1000 superstock championship contender, Daniel Mettram. Mettram will be riding for Billy McKinstrys team and will contest this years event on board a Supertwin and 600 Yamaha. McKinstry has always had an eye for talent, and in recent years has been responsible for spotting riders such as Ivan Lintin and Dean Harrison.
Competitors are asked to note, that the closing date for entries for this years event is 31st March 2018. Entry forms and regulations can be found  at www.cookstown100/downloads.
The club are at present extending the Race Paddock, which will be competed in time for this years event.

Monday, March 19

And now for something completely different! - Competition trials riding in Ireland

When you’ve a few years behind you riding bikes, you think you know a bit. So when you’re invited to try another form of riding you think, fair enough, can’t be that difficult. A bit like when you’ve eaten a lot of different foods and you’re invited to try peas. With chopsticks...

Trials riding is like nothing I’ve done before. The riding position is unnatural at first but, you slowly learn to adapt. Every movement from your feet, legs, torso, arms and head has an effect on the bike and its direction. The front end moves constantly but it’s not panic stations, it’s OK! In fact, riding a trials bike is almost a contradiction to everything that happens when riding on the road.

The trials season begins in August and wraps up in April and there are events nationwide. See for more. Competition is open to all ages from 9 to 90. Check out the calendar for an event near you before the season ends as it has to be the best value 2 wheeled motorsport out there.

Being properly attired helps, turning up in jeans and a cold killer does not. I still had a blast on the Sherco 250 lent to me. It was incredible how quickly I tired and how arm pump set in despite bumbling round in 1st gear like I was on sheet ice. I slowly learned to relax, fix my body position (constantly!) and tell myself it was fine for the front end to move about so much. If you have a friend with one of these, give them a call for a lesson. Trust me, you’ll need a lesson.

Many thanks to Wayne Yore, Stephen and Katelyn Rooney for the loan of the bikes, helmet and scary quarry! I’ll follow you to one of the events very soon.

Words and images Andy Quinn

Thursday, March 15

Principal Insurance continue Masters Superbike Championship support

Fast-growing Principal Insurance have announced that it will continue to back the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship into 2018. For the third year running the Dublin-based specialist insurance broking group has agreed to be title sponsor of the Pre-Injection Championship at the Masters.

The announcement is a big boost to the Mondello Park-promoted championship and particularly the Pre-Injection class which has benefited from Principal's involvement since the company signed up to the series in 2016. As the main supporting act to the headlining Superbike and Supersport Championships at the Masters, Pre-Injection has greatly increased its profile and popularity thanks to Principal's support and will be looking to build on that success during 2018.

Principal came to Ireland in 2015, initially to offer greater choice and competition in the motorcycle insurance market. Since then it has grown fast and now claims to provide insurance to more than one in ten of all Irish registered road riders. It has also expanded its portfolio to now offer car, van and home insurance.

“It’s a pleasure and a privilege to support the Pre-Injection Championship which is such a hotbed of emerging talent,” commented Aly Dixon who heads Principal Insurance’s Santry-based operation. “We very much see ourselves as part of the fabric of the Irish motorcycling community with the Principal Insurance Pre-Injection Championship among a host of national and grass-roots races, shows and events we are proud to support.”

Mondello Park Managing Director Roddy Greene commented on the announcement saying. “Sponsorship is hugely important for the Dunlop Masters Championship and we are delighted to have the continued support of Principal Insurance. Principal and their staff have been a big part of the Masters for the past two seasons as they have helped us to promote the championship as well as having them in attendance at all of our events. We're looking forward to working with them again in 2018 to grow the championship and particularly the Pre-Injection class which they will once again support.”

The Principal Insurance Pre-Injection Championship will run over twenty one races at seven Mondello Park events during 2018. The championship gets underway on March 24th and 25th and will run through to its climax on the final week of September.

Further information on the series is available from and championships' social media pages.

Wednesday, March 14

Martin Finnegan remembered at 2018 Skerries 100 in one off Superbike race

The Martin Finnegan Supporters/Friends of Martin 

On the occasion this year of Martin Finnegan’s tenth anniversary a number of his former sponsors have joined together to run a one off Superbike race at Skerries, that will have the best prize money for a national race in the country. Former employer and sponsor of Martin, Tony Carton has joined forces with another sponsor Eamon Mulligan to bring this event to the fans, and Tony said; “We felt it appropriate to honor and remember Martin in some worthwhile way. We decided that a race in his memory at Skerries 2018 would be a fitting gesture. A Superbike race with attractive prize money would entice a number of the top rides to enter and make it a memorable event. We are aiming at a prize fund of €10-€15K and in this regard we are asking former sponsors, supporters and friends of Martin to contribute towards this fund” 

“We have the support of the Finnegan extended family and the Loughshinny Club and we hope to make it an exceptional event in his memory, for all the enjoyment he gave us, albeit far too short” “We know a vast number of fans of Martin would like him remembered, and hopefully we can rely on your generosity. Not that he would ever be forgotten, but rather remembered as one of the greats of Irish Motorcycling.” 

“We have opened an account in the Progressive Credit Union, and donations may be forwarded to the following Account No BIC : BLCUIE21 and IBAN IE56BLCU99102411216421” 

Martin's Remembrance Mass is on Sunday 6th May in St Macullin's Parish Church, The Green Lusk at 11:30hrs 

For further details contact Tony at or 087-2605621 Jack Corry 

Attached photo courtesy of Paul Woodlock.

Monday, March 5

Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship Rounds 1, 2 and 3 - Entry Available

The entries are at last open for 2018 and Rounds 1, 2 and 3 of the Dunlop Masters are available.

It’s a new format this year as the entry form is an online version, so you may want to familiarize yourself with the new system and login available from the Masters Superbike website

Again there are incentives and discounts for early entries, which also always make organizing and running the meetings a lot easier.

In keeping with incentives and discounts, spectators can also avail by booking tickets online. You’ll also spend less time queuing at the gate with an online booking!

Words: Andy Quinn
Images courtesy of Joe Connolly and Jonathan Sweeney

Saturday, February 24

10th Nifty 50 exceed expectations - Results and Photos

Glorious sunshine enveloped Mondello Park today from early morning for the Nifty 50 endurance race. Scrutiny and sign on was brief allowing the riders on track for practice just before 10am. Racing began at 11.15 with the typical “Le Mans” style start.

Smiling faces graced the entirety of the paddock and surrounds as the race continued until just after 3pm. A few minor incidents were dealt with quickly by the marshals, recovery crews and medics allowing racing to continue uninterrupted. 2 riders required some extra treatment.

The day passed quickly as running repairs were made, bikes refuelled and riders changed. A few machines succumbed to the pace however and had to be retired before the finish of the race where some teams managed more than 150 laps.

Many thanks to all involved race officials, marshals, medical staff, spectators, photographers and riders who turned up to support this 10th anniversary Nifty 50 race.

Details of the winning teams chosen charities will be announced at a later date.

Class results below

ABR Moto
Driving Miss Daisy
Funky Junkys

90cc standard
Team Numpties
Bottoms Up

Team Cider
9-5 Work Week Prisoners
Town Mates

Words: Andy Quinn

Images: ‘Big’ Joe Connolly

Friday, February 23

Nifty 50 - Ready, Set, Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

This time tomorrow the annual Nifty 50 will be in full swing and the grid is packed!

The weather appears to be kind, in that we're expecting cool but dry conditions for racing.

Scrutiny is open this evening as will be the bar in Mondello, but steady on as proceedings kick off early in the morning with sign on at 8.

There a 14 garages available for repairs, shelter and therapy. Each garage should accommodate 8 teams, so please make space for all.

Please remember to bring your licenses, entry forms and race gear!

Admission to the 2018 Nifty Fifty is €12.50 for adults with under 16’s admitted free and the event can be followed via Mondello Park's on-line live timing but, we'd prefer that you made your way down to Mondello to support the teams and indeed the charities. The charities will be nominated by the winning teams later on.

Many thanks to all that have given up their time to support this fun event. Officials, photographers, teams, marshals, Medical personnel and spectators.

Has the makings of another classic race.

Enjoy and see you in the morning,

Andy Quinn\Ed Byrne 

Images courtesy of Jimmy Windows, James McCann and 'Big' Joe Connolly

Thursday, February 15

The Nifty 50 Endurance Race is back - February 24th Mondello park

The racing season still has yet to begin, but already there’s a stir in the sheds of many, prepping oriental super singles for battle.

Yes, the Nifty 50 is nearly upon us again...

This annual charitable event has grown legs over the years and is always a tremendous success. It makes absolutely no sense why folks would spend so much time and effort for a non-championship event in almost guaranteed cold damp conditions but, Mondello does its best to be hospitable.

From its humble beginnings, stemming from the mind of closet egomaniac Ed Byrne, with the help of our fallen friend Aidan Lynam the Nifty 50 endurance race has grabbed the attention of many. Past entrants include MotoGP stars Jeremy McWilliams and Scott Redding, NW200 winner Glenn Irwin, TT racer Guy Martin as well as Irish regulars Cody Nally and Derek Sheils.

Photographers, officials, marshals on the banks, timekeepers and spectators come in droves to support this madness and donate cash to the 3 charities nominated by the class winners.

This year’s Nifty 50 returns to Mondello Park on Saturday February 24th with racing commencing at 11 (ish). More information is available on our Facebook page.

At the end of the day, 3 teams go home champions, but in my book all involved are winners.

Words: Andy Quinn

Images courtesy John Burke, James Foley, Joe Connolly and James McCann

Saturday, February 10

Caolán Irwin "up a gear" in 2018 BSB Superstock 600 championship

Caolán Irwin will move up to the 2018 British Superstock 600 and will ride a 2018 Yamaha R6 with backing from Clean Rubber Sligo and Oasis Bar Letterkenny. The team have received backing from Crank Racing and Sean Mc Kenny Construction as they partake in the 12 round series starting in Donington Park at the end of March.

“I’m delighted to be moving over to the British Superstock 600 championship and to go on the new R6 was an added draw as I had a lot of success on the old model last year in Thundersport. I had several options to consider at the end of 2017 so I discussed it with two of my main long term sponsors Galfee and Wesley who have backed my racing since I started and the plan just evolved. One of the main things I wanted to try and achieve this year was to keep the same mechanics as last year, so I'm really excited to have Ray Simpson and Wesley Regan back on the spanners at the races, Shane Wogan doing the engines and Mark Arnott doing my suspension. This will be the first time I've ever had a proper testing programme so can't wait to get started. We have built the bike from scratch and I have to say a special thanks to Shane Wogan, James Halligan, Mark Arnott and the boys at K-Tech for getting everything done in time for testing”

"I also have to say a special thanks to all my sponsors and my Mum and Mad who have made this possible"

The team now turns it attentions to their first test with the new machine in Guadix Spain on the 15th of February.

Image courtesy of Colin Port